CEO's Blog

  • Recognizing Direct Support Professionals Year ‘Round

    I just returned from the NADSP Annual Conference, hosted by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in Cleveland. While there was no formal program theme, each presenter, including myself, addressed in different ways how we could advance the… Read More

  • Helping People Visualize and Live Their Dreams 

    At Penn-Mar we talk a lot about the power of transformation. Our tagline, “Transforming life into living,” speaks to our mission to do whatever it takes to help the people we support live interesting, meaningful, self-directed lives.   And while it… Read More

  • The Cause for Independence and Freedom Continues

    Earlier this month while our nation was celebrating its independence from British rule in 1776, I couldn’t help but think of our modern day pursuit to create catalysts for independence for the people with disabilities we support. Many of our… Read More

  • Partnership Is All About What’s Best for the People We Support

    When I was in my early 20s, I can honestly say I wasn’t thinking about a career in human services as my life’s work. But many people I met along the way were instrumental in helping me develop as a… Read More

  • Change, Inc. to Merge with Penn-Mar Human Services

    I recently shared some exciting news with our team members that I would now like to pass along to all my readers. On March 28th, after several months of exploration and collaboration, Penn-Mar Human Services entered into a formal agreement… Read More

  • Turnover Is More Than Just A Number

    It’s probably safe to say that the topic I address most frequently in my blogs pertains to issues involving our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), the dedicated team members who make everything we do here at Penn-Mar possible. Industry-wide we have… Read More

  • The Workforce Crisis Affects All of Us

    The human services industry has been experiencing a workforce shortage for the past 30 years. We are now in crisis mode. Nationwide, there is a 45% average turnover rate for Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s) who provide essential services to people… Read More

  • The Workforce Crisis Funding Struggle Continues

    By Gregory Miller President/CEO Penn-Mar Human Services   This past month, the states of Pennsylvania and Maryland where Penn-Mar provides services released their annual budgets. The funding for increased wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) has once again done very… Read More

  • One Penn-Mar Across State Lines

    By Gregory Miller President/CEO Penn-Mar Human Services   For those of you who are regular readers of this blog, you may remember that back in September I wrote that our critical mission at Penn-Mar is to ensure that everyone who… Read More

  • A Year of Transformation; a Hunger for Innovation

    By Gregory Miller President/CEO Penn-Mar Human Services   They say if time moves quickly you must be having a good time (or getting older!). If true, 2018 must have been the best of times for Penn-Mar, a fast-paced year brimming… Read More